P.O. BOX 2120



October 15, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Regional and Virtual Online Teacher-Training Academies for Selected Industry Certifications (November 2004-January 2005)


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Office of Career and Technical Education Services, is pleased to sponsor a fourth round of teacher-training academies to prepare career and technical education teachers for selected industry certification examinations. Testing options for the specific industry certification will be available as a part of each academy.

These industry certifications are Board of Education approved for the student-selected verified credit option. Career and technical education teachers must be certified in at least one industry certification before their students can be eligible for the student-selected verified credit that may be earned by passing an industry certification exam while completing a career and technical education course and/or program sequence.

The virtual online academies continue to be piloted in selected certification areas. The virtual online academies, which offer any time/any day course content access, may be an attractive training option for teachers wanting to do self-study using the Internet. Currently, the virtual online academies feature training for Internet Core Computing Certification (IC3) and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

The industry certification training (or testing) academies for the November 2004-January 2005 period are listed on the attached registration form. Registration information should be returned by November 8, 2004. Information about teacher-training academy times, directions to the locations, and preparation materials will be sent to teachers when a registration application is confirmed.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. A waiting list will be maintained for each academy and will be used to give first priority when enrolling participants in the next round of training academies. Enrollment confirmation (or waiting list notification) will be sent directly to registration applicants. All training academies require pre-registration.

Persons who registered for a previous academy and were put on a waiting list (to be given priority for the next schedule of academies) must register again to indicate they still want to attend a particular training academy. The location of an academy may also differ from the previous schedule.

The VDOE will reimburse participants for mileage expenditures at 32.5 cents per mile. Expenditures will be reimbursed for either daily commuting mileage to an academy or one round trip to a training academy. Overnight lodging and meals will not be reimbursed for training academy participants for any event. School divisions will be reimbursed for substitute pay for each day their teachers attend training academies.

All training academies will be tuition free (to include the cost of industry certification examinations and certain Internet courseware license fees) to career and technical education teachers who include preparation for the specific industry certification in their course or course sequence and who use the industry certification as an option for their students to earn student-selected verified credit.

Teachers attending instructor-led training academies must test on-site or, if exam vouchers are provided, within 30 days of training at a test-out site. Teachers enrolling in virtual online academies must participate in preparation and examination testing between November 2004 and January 2005.

The registration form is attached to this memorandum. For further information about industry certification training academies, contact the coordinator(s) for a specific training academy. For information about a specific industry certification, contact Gordon Creasy (, specialist for industry certification and licensure, Office of Career and Technical Education, at 804-225-2057.